Updated: Jan 27

We promote Sustainability at Apu Winery. Watch this video to learn more about how we conserve water by farming like the Incas.

Learn more at: https://www.apuwinery.com/post/learning-from-the-incas

To successful cultivate healthy wine grapes at 2,850 and 3,300 m, we joined a movement to revive the extinct agricultural traditions of the Incas. The ancient terracing and irrigation techniques promote sustainability.

At the Incan civilization’s height in the 1400s, there were approximately one million hectares of terraces in Peru. The sophisticated laddering system allowed the Incas to maximize their land, efficiently use their resources and feed their vast empire.

We created a terracing system on our 40-degree slopes, allowing us to grow on land previously considered inhospitable to crops. Just like those of the Incas, our agricultural ladders create stability and promote water retention and drainage. The terraces efficiently conserve scarce water from rain & irrigation canals, holding water for more than six months after irrigation.

The Incas also built irrigation systems to enhance the yield of their water supply and to bring water to the most remote terrain. Their gravity flow systems also integrated numerous drainage channels to carry runoff and collect water that dripped from the roofs.

Like many in the Andes, we looked to the past to innovate for the future of a more sustainable Peru.

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Updated: Jan 27

We promote sustainability at Apu Winery. Watch this video to learn more about our educational programs to conserve water.

Learn more at: https://www.apuwinery.com/learn.../categories/lagoons-peru

The Ccelhuaccocha (hel-uwah-ho-cha) Lagoon, our pristine water source in dry season, is formed from glacial meltwater at 4,500 meters above sea level.

At Apu, we realize that preservation of this precious resource is necessary. Peru’s glaciers are at risk of disappearing because of global warming. People in rural areas, especially small-scale farmers, will suffer the most when the glaciers melt.

This alarming fact has compelled us to take more steps to conserve water. First, we are exploring dry farming at Apu.

Second, we are teaching conservation to our community, teaching conservation and helping replace surface irrigation with tanks, tubes and drips.

Third, through the Ancapara Program, Fernando is helping install pipes and sprinklers across the Curahuasi Valley and educating people on how to use them.

The necessity to conserve water drastically transcends winemaking; lives depend on this precious resource. We will do our part to protect it here at our high-altitude winery & vineyards, both through conservation and education.

We believe small efforts can have much greater impact on the Andean community

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Everyone in the past year has felt the effects of the pandemic; Apu Winery is no exception. Borders closed in Peru, making it impossible to leave or enter the country. Sometimes lockdowns prohibited us from leaving Apurímac to get necessary supplies in Cusco. However, we tried to make the best of COVID by focusing on improving our winery and vineyards.

Despite the frequent border closings and an absence of flights from international destinations, we still managed to import plants from France. The new varieties have just started budding. In 3 years, we hope to be selling wine made from these new plants, including Merlot, Chardonnay, and some surprise varieties we are testing.

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Picking up new vines in Cusco

Although our winery is always a work in progress, we are working toward its completion. The luxury of time that COVID afforded us, along with special permission from the local authorities to employ locals, allowed us to make progress on the construction of the winery.

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Our wine cave is nearing completion

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The gravity-flow winery is functioning!

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The levels that make gravity-flow winemaking possible

Natural refrigerator in the winery

Fernando had time to brighten our days with an (extremely) blue gate!

While we are grateful for health and the progress made in the past year, we are ready for the pandemic's grips to unfetter so we can return to some sort of normalcy. Please contact us soon in the future if you have a visit to the winery pending! We look forward to welcoming you again.